The site-specific installation VTOL - VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING was first presented in the front courtyard of the baroque Garden Palace of the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna at the opening of the 2009 VIENNA DESIGN WEEK.
A twisting, glass fibre-reinforced concrete surface — 100 m2 in size and only 13 mm thick — appears to float weightlessly above the ground on a mirrored pedestal. VTOL is shaped with the aid of a set of software tools especially developed by the designers. Custom programming was introduced to allow for the flexible and rapid manufacturing of unique parametric concrete objects. In this regard it can be seen as the successor of their VENDÔME project introduced several months prior at DESIGN MIAMI/ BASEL 2008. In both cases the intelligent combination of the given static properties of concrete with the dynamic potential of process-oriented software forms the central theme for the project.